Viol Player Book 2 has been written with children in mind, but adults will als o find the step by step approach easy to use. The prime objectives behind the ‘Viol Player Series’, of which five books in total are planned, are to enable the student to develop a good technique, and to always make a beautiful sound.
The collection of pieces in Viol Player Book 2 has been specially selected to allow students to learn a logical sequence of notes and finger patterns. This in turn is linked to understanding different keys. The third and fourth fingers are introduced on the fourth (C) string, to help strengthen fingers and develop left hand position.
In contrast to Viol Player Book 1, Book 2 consists of a collection of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire specific to the viol, along with some medieval music. However, by popular request, some folk music has also been included. Most repertoire is in duet form enabling the student to listen to the teacher’s sound or the CD.
Some repertoire has been adapted to allow progression through the technique covered in the viol syllabus for the National Curriculum of England and Wales which allows pupils who play viols to progress at the same levels as children who play other instruments.
All CD track numbers are at the top left of each piece and the introduction has been marked with a square bracket on the stave itself.
Each track has been recorded at a ‘practice’ and ‘play-along’ speed, with ‘practice’ tracks being slower, and ‘play-along’ tracks faster.
All speeds are indicated with metronome markings at the top of each piece. There is also an Appendix (p.50) that describes bowing in an historical context.
The book is supplied in a variety of formats and comes with either 2 CDs or a download at High Pitch A=440hz or Low Pitch A =415hz please select CD or download on ordering.